What the Aarto Amendment Bill means for motorists

The amendments to the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) bill passed in the National Assembly on Tuesday receied 225 votes to 88, with zero abstentions.

The founder and chairperson of JPSA, Howard Dembovsky says the Bill is significant in that it alters the way in which the Aarto Act operates.

He says the option to elect to be tried in court has been taken away completely, which means you are guilty until proven innocent.

Because of this guilty until proven innocent premise, you will have to make a written representation to an officer within 32 days of the receipt of an infringement notice.

Howard Dembovsky, founder and Chairperson of JPSA

If you are unhappy with the outcome of that representation, then you can appeal it with the Appeals Tribunal, a new entity which is going to be set up. You must do that within 30 days and you must pay a fee upfront for them to review your case.

Howard Dembovsky, founder and Chairperson of JPSA

The next step will be for the Bill to be taken to the National Council of Provinces for adoption where it will be signed into law by the President.

However, the DA said it could not support the amendments to the Bill because it believes they are unconstitutional.

To hear more of the Aarto amendment bill, listen below:


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